Full year profits at Marks and Spencer have collapsed due to the costs of a brutal store closure programme.

Action is needed to tackle “rip-off” overdraft fees which can cost up to seven times more than a payday loan, according to Which?.

Supermarket Tesco will scrap its e-commerce delivery site, putting 500 jobs at risk.

Ryanair has followed the announcement of a solid increase in full-year profits with a warning that rising oil prices could hit its performance over the next 12 months.

The maximum stake on a fixed-odds betting terminal (FOBT) is be to slashed from £100 to £2.

Clydesdale and Yorkshire bank owner CYBG said a hit from the payment protection insurance (PPI) scandal has caused it to swing into the red.

The number of restaurants in England has risen by nearly 3,000 since the end of the recession despite recent high-profile closures, according to a new report.

Npower has become the latest firm to ramp up energy bills in a move that will hammer a million people.

Troubled retailer Carpetright has clinched emergency funding to help it keep trading with a £15m unsecured loan, the company confirmed on Friday.

Royal Bank of Scotland is to pay a $4.9bn (£3.6bn) settlement agreed with US regulators over claims it mis-sold toxic mortgage bonds in the run-up to the financial crisis.

Oil prices surged to their highest level since 2014 as US President Donald Trump’s plans to scrap the Iran deal raised the possibility of locking one of the biggest crude producers out of the market.

Aldi and Lidl have fired the latest salvo in Britain’s raging supermarket price war, pledging to keep prices lower than rivals in response to Sainsbury’s merger with Asda.

Bakery chain Greggs has warned full-year profits could flat-line after taking a sales hit from the Beast from the East and slower spring trading.

Retail sales growth fell “off a cliff” in April, a new report claims.

Companies are being urged to make a “major investment” in education to help prepare youngsters for the world of work.

Deliveroo has avoided classifying its self-employed workers as staff with the introduction of free accident insurance for 35,000 riders.

TalkTalk’s customer service is the worst among broadband providers, while Vodafone and Virgin Mobile have turned in below-average scores among mobile companies, an Ofcom survey has found.

A union is taking an employment tribunal case against courier firm Hermes in another challenge to the status of workers in the so-called gig economy.

A significant drop in construction work and sluggish manufacturing activity have contributed to the British economy recording its slowest paced growth for five years.

The East of England has missed out on a housing boom which saw the number of homes being registered over the last year reach its second highest level in a decade.

Waterstones is to accelerate its expansion plans after being sold to US hedge fund Elliott Advisors, the book chain’s boss has said.

Dozens of companies have signed a pledge to eliminate unnecessary plastic packaging by 2025.

Whitbread is to spin off Costa into a separately listed business.

Finance and data watchdogs are reportedly looking into IT issues at TSB that left online customers unable to access their money and some able to see other people’s accounts.

MoneySavingExpert founder Martin Lewis is launching a High Court legal battle to “give Facebook a bloody nose” and change the way it operates over claims the site is publishing scam adverts causing vulnerable people to hand over thousands of pounds to criminals.

Inflation unexpectedly dropped last month, providing some relief for squeezed households.

British firm De La Rue says it will not appeal against the government’s controversial decision to choose a Franco-Dutch company to make the new blue UK passports after Brexit.

Costa Coffee is pledging to recycle as many disposable cups as it sells by 2020 – and is urging others to follow suit.

Shopper footfall saw its steepest decline in more than seven years in March, according to new figures.

French shopping centre firm Klepierre has said it does not intend to make a formal offer for Hammerson, paving the way for the Bullring owner to seal a tie up with Chapelfield shopping centre owner Intu.

British Gas is to increase energy bills for 4.1 million dual fuel customers on its standard variable tariff by an average of 5.5%, or £60 a year, blaming rising wholesale energy and Government policy costs.

The importance of the European Union for UK exporters has been revealed in a new study showing strong growth in trade with the bloc.

Several private equity firms are understood to be circling Homebase as the DIY chain’s Australian owner plots an escape from its ill-fated £340m takeover.

Estate agents will be required to hold a professional qualification and encouraged to crack down on gazumping under plans to drive rogues out of the industry.

Former BHS owner Dominic Chappell plans to sue Sir Philip Green and contest a proposed boardroom ban in a bid to repair his “tarnished reputation” and resurrect his career.

The Beast from the East caused the biggest fall in high street retail sales for nearly a decade, according to new figures.

Magners owner C&C is set to acquire the wholesale arm of beleaguered firm Conviviality through a pre-pack administration.

The amount of money loaned by construction company directors to their own businesses to support them has risen by a third in the past year, new figures show.

Workers on the government’s national living wage would have to work an extra month to earn the same as those on the higher, voluntary rate, new research claims.

More than 150 million user accounts of diet and fitness app MyFitnessPal have been hacked, its owners said.

More than half of people estimate they spend more during British Summer Time than in the winter – paying an average of £154 more each month.

DFS says its takeover of Sofology is starting to bear fruit, compensating for the drag it says acquisitions put on profits.

There are now 4,000 UK employers paying the voluntary living wage.

Retail prices rose at their slowest year-on-year rate in February in more than a year as supermarkets, vehicle fuel and online shopping helped to buoy sales.

More than 11,000 UK restaurants are suffering financial distress amid a “perfect storm” hitting the £5.9 billion sector, according to new research.

Chancellor Philip Hammond is to unveil a new strategy for the financial technology (or fintech) sector.

Britain’s accountancy watchdog has started an investigation into the handling of financial statements by two former finance directors at collapsed construction giant Carillion.

The government has become “distracted” by Brexit and failed to stimulate economic growth in the UK, the head of the British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) has said.

JD Wetherspoon has posted a rise in half-year profit, but warned that sales will be lower over the next six months as the pubs chain is hit with rising costs.

Colman’s Mustard owner Unilever has confirmed that it has chosen Rotterdam over London as its new legal headquarters, dealing a major blow to the UK government as it tries to uphold Britain’s status as a centre for business after Brexit.

The former chief of Iceland, Wickes and Booker is set to launch a new review into the state of the high street.

The Restaurant Group is hoping more healthy vegan and vegetarian dishes on its menus will boost performance this year after it unveiled falling sales and profits.

Shoppers were dealing with the “financial reality” of their budgets being eaten up by essential spending in February, leaving less cash for discretionary purchases, a report has found.

A third of the UK’s top 100 restaurant groups are loss-making, up by 75% in the past year, a new study shows.

A fifth of British Netflix viewers watch shows at work, new data shows.

Experts are urging Philip Hammond to freeze rises in business rates in next month’s spring statement after figures revealed almost a quarter of a million commercial premises are braced for above-inflation hikes.

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has reported its first profit in a decade.

The amount of free overtime put in by workers last year was worth over £31bn, according to a new study.

Families on the lower end of the pay spectrum are facing three years of stagnant living standards – which could lead to the first sustained rise in inequality in 30 years, a new report has warned.

Thousands of UK jobs are at risk as British Gas owner Centrica looks to axe a further 4,000 roles under a ramped-up efficiency programme following a 17% drop in annual profits.

A group of international experts have warned that rogue states and terrorists could turn to artificial intelligence (AI) to destabilise the world.

The impact of the government’s apprenticeship levy on employers has been “disastrous”, according to a business leader.

The gambling industry watchdog is ordering William Hill to pay penalties totalling £6.2m for “systematic social responsibility and money laundering failures”.

Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct has been chastised by the Church of England over the treatment of factory workers and governance failings at the retailer, it can be revealed.

Many employers still believe it is reasonable to ask woman about their plans to have children during a job interview.

Investors in Carillion were “fleeing for the hills” after spotting that the construction giant was heading for disaster, it has been revealed.

Embattled fashion and homeware retailer Laura Ashley has warned over annual profits after first-half earnings slumped due to lower sales and the weak pound.

Outsourcing giant Serco has almost halved the price of a deal to buy a raft of healthcare contracts from failed rival Carillion.

Britain’s biggest accountancy firms have been accused of “feasting on the carcass” of collapsed outsourcing giant Carillion – and collecting more than £70m in the process.

A strong start to the year among Britain’s businesses is driving an expected increase in economic output, new research says.

Aldi has been ranked first in an annual supermarket satisfaction survey.

HomePod, Apple’s take on the smart home speaker and designed to rival Amazon Echo and Google Home, has gone on sale in the UK.

TalkTalk is laying the groundwork for a broadband infrastructure drive by launching a joint venture with Infracapital to roll-out full fibre to three million homes and businesses.

A union is encouraging the government to set out a new code of conduct for the delivery of public services by private companies following the crisis at Carillion.

Ryanair has been cleared to describe itself as “Europe’s No.1 airline” following complaints that widespread cancellations last year made the claim misleading.

Tesco could be facing a bill of £4bn in an equal pay case being brought against the supermarket giant.

Retail experts have touted higher sales for the high street during the typically tough month of January.

The number of construction companies going insolvent rose by almost 10% last year, with more facing problems in the aftermath of Carillion’s collapse.

A UK banking giant has banned credit card customers from buying bitcoin amid fears they could be left in debt as the cryptocurrency’s value drops.

The collapse of the Carillion group will result in 377 staff being made redundant, the official receiver said.

The world’s biggest technology giants have reported a bumper Christmas.

Moves by a regional airline to optimise its fleet are bearing fruit.

SSE has started talks with the competition watchdog over its merger with rival Npower – as the energy supplier revealed that it lost thousands more customers with households continuing to switch to cheaper rivals.

Outsourcing giant Capita has announced plans for an investor cash-call and further cost cutting as it warned over a hefty hit to 2018 profits.

Construction activity is showing signs of strength across major UK cities – except London.

Planning applications for new shops have fallen for the ninth year in a row, new research shows.

KPMG is to be the subject of an investigation by the accountancy watchdog overs its audits of Carillion.

Britain’s economy performed better than expected in the fourth quarter thanks to the country’s powerhouse services sector, though there are warning signs of “slower and uneven” growth.

Britain’s economy is forecast to have held up in the fourth quarter, but some experts predict the unexpected shutdown of a major North Sea pipeline will drag on growth.

Construction and facilities group Kier has seen its shares jump by nearly a fifth after it offered reassurance over trading in the wake of Carillion’s collapse.

Frankie & Benny’s owner The Restaurant Group has reported a fall in sales as a weaker UK dining market took its toll on the business.

Economists are predicting a year-on-year rise in the number of people whose finances deteriorated so badly that they became insolvent.

Co-op customers can expect to pay less for their shopping basket as the retail giant fights “tight” competition.

The average cost of motor insurance has jumped by £30 over the past year to reach a new record high of £493, according to insurers.

Despite concerns over food prices, household bills and Brexit, almost twice as many Britons are feeling positive about their personal finances than last year.

The proposed £11.7bn takeover of Sky by 21st Century Fox is not in the public interest as the combined group would have too much control over UK news media, the competition watchdog has provisionally found.

They have become a regular site on every high street but now the UK’s gambling industry is warning there could be swathes of cuts to jobs and stores should the industry be hit by new rules.

The founder of drinks brand Innocent has launched a scathing attack on the Brexit-backing Wetherspoon boss, accusing him of selling Britain’s economy out for “cheap Chardonnay”.

The government is being urged to end its “love in” with outsourcing work to private firms.

Parents’ health and family lives are being affected by the “heavy toll” of long working hours, a study reveals.

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